Two Canadian companies (Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre) combine forces for this theatre/dance event called Betroffenheit opening on Valentine’s Day at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica for three performances.

Betroffenheit is the German word for the shock and bewilderment in the wake of a tragic event. And that is precisely the world depicted by choreographer Crystal Pite and writer Jonathon Young. This absolutely intriguing work is best defined by images rather than words.

Given the nature of the piece and the use of strong language, Betroffenheit is not recommended for children. It does, however, seem like a most unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.


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